Jennifer Lawrence Thought She Was Going to Die During a Scary 2017 Plane Ride

Jennifer Lawrence rose to fame in the early 2010s as the star of the Hunger Games franchise. Since then, she continued to wow the world with roles in movies such as Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Joy (2015), and the X-Men series.

However, at one point, Lawrence thought her life and career would come to an end. The actor recently opened up about a scary plane ride she took in 2017.

Jennifer Lawrence wears a black dress and an updo to the premiere of 'Dark Phoenix''
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Jennifer Lawrence has been taking a break from acting

In recent years, Lawrence had slowed down her acting. In 2017, the actor only starred in one movie: Mother!. In 2018 and 2019, she acted in three movies: Red Sparrow; Love, Antosha, and Dark Phoenix. While Red Sparrow had moderate success, the other three were considered either critical or box office failures.

This led Lawrence to doubt her own ability as an actor. She told Vanity Fair in a recent interview, “I was not pumping out the quality that I should have. I just think everybody had gotten sick of me. I’d gotten sick of me. It had just gotten to a point where I couldn’t do anything right.”

“If I walked a red carpet, it was, ‘Why didn’t she run?’” Lawrence continued. “I think that I was people-pleasing for the majority of my life. Working made me feel like nobody could be mad at me: ‘Okay, I said yes, we’re doing it. Nobody’s mad.’”

She continued, “And then I felt like I reached a point where people were not pleased just by my existence. So that kind of shook me out of thinking that work or your career can bring any kind of peace to your soul.”

Jennifer Lawrence recalls a scary plane ride before her break

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Lawrence also went through a traumatic experience in 2017 in the form of a scary plane ride. The actor was flying on a private plane from Louisville, Kentucky, to New York City when the plane needed to make an emergency landing after two of its engines failed.

“My skeleton was all that was left in the seat,” Lawrence recalled to Vanity Fair. She added, “I started leaving little mental voicemails to my family, you know, ‘I’ve had a great life, I’m sorry.’”

When the plane was near a runway with firetrucks and ambulances, Lawrence said she began to pray for a safe landing.

“I started praying. Not to the specific God I grew up with, because he was terrifying and a very judgmental guy,” she said. “But I thought, Oh, my God, maybe we’ll survive this? I’ll be a burn victim, this will be painful, but maybe we’ll live. Please, Lord Jesus, let me keep my hair. Wrap me in your hair-loving arms. Please don’t let me go bald.’”

Fortunately, Lawrence and the other people on board did not sustain serious injuries from the incident. She was able to take another plane to her destination.

Looking back, Lawrence did not think the incident made her stronger, as people might say. “t made me a lot weaker. Flying is horrific and I have to do it all the time.”